I was infuriated to read a remark by Irene Gallo, associate publisher of Tor.com and creative editor of Tor Books, one of the largest science fiction publishing houses. I'll quote it in full.
There are two extreme right-wing to neo-nazi groups, called the Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies respectively, that are calling for the end of social justice in science fiction and fantasy. They are unrepentantly racist, misogynist, and homophobic. A noisy few but they've been able to gather some Gamergate folks around them and elect a slate of bad-to-reprehensible works on this year's Hugo ballot.
It's part of a comment thread on Facebook in which Ms. Gallo makes the above allegations, then refuses to address corrections offered by various other commenters - which is typical of her sort, of course. You can read the corrections there. They're basically along the same lines as those offered in rebuttal of earlier libelous reports about the Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies. (I've written about them before.)
I've remained silent about many previous slanders and libels about this situation, but this is just about the last straw. I would very much like to know whether Tor shares and/or espouses the false, slanderous and libelous views expressed by Ms. Gallo. If that company doesn't take a stand against such lies, or even chooses to remain silent about them (despite their being propagated by one of their editors), then I will have to assume that the time has come to openly call for a boycott of Tor by all objective, non-partisan, independent fans of science fiction and fantasy. I'll be discussing this option with other SF/F authors (and individuals involved in this controversy) during the coming days, to see whether we can co-ordinate a suitable response.
I can't imagine that any reputable company would choose to stand behind anyone on its staff who leveled such blatantly false allegations (and then showed cowardice by refusing to further explain them, or retract them when the truth had been pointed out). For the individual concerned as well as the company, that would be the height of mendacity.
I'll be writing to Tor about this during the coming week. I'm sure others will do so as well. I await the company's response with interest. I'll let you know about it here.